Hill Forts

Battlesbury
Impressive Iron Age hill fort strongly defended by double ramparts and a ditch on its south west side, with triple ramparts on the less steep west side. The ramparts follow the kidney-shaped contours of the hill and enclose nearly 25 acres. Strip lynchets on eastern slopes. Archaeological finds at Devizes Museum. Extensive views over Salisbury Plain and Wylye Valley.


Cley Hill
An Iron Age hill fort with two Bronze Age bowl barrows situated on the highest point. At 800 feet high, the climb can be daunting but it is well worth it for the views in all directions, particularly over Warminster. Cley Hill was formerly owned by the Marquis of Bath, who donated it to the National Trust in the 1950s.


Scratchbury
An Iron Age hill fort with traces of an earlier enclosure. The name is derived from Scratch - an old West Country word for the Devil - and burh, meaning an ancient camp. The bank and ditch enclose 37 acres and several burial mounds. Finds discovered here are at Devizes Museum.


White Sheet Camp
A causeway camp from Neolithic Times, Bronze Age burial mounds, strip lynchets, pillow mounds for rabbit farming, and a mediaeval deer park, have all left their mark here. Celtic fields were situated to the south east. The hill fort, which has never been excavated, is roughly triangular and contains a circular earthwork which could have been used as a beacon site. In the care of the National Trust.


Yarnbury Camp
An Iron Age hill fort surrounded by two banks and an outerscarp bank. Inside is a small circular enclosure from the early Iron Age, and to the west a triangular enclosure from Roman times which could have held cattle or sheep. From the 18th century to the First World War years, Yarnbury was used as the venue for an annual sheep fair.